LINGUIST List 27.2066

Thu May 05 2016

Calls: Comp Ling, Phonetics, Phonology, Psycholing, Text/Corpus Ling/Australia

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 05-May-2016
From: Beth Hume <>
Subject: The Role of Predictability in Shaping Human Language Sound Patterns
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Full Title: The Role of Predictability in Shaping Human Language Sound Patterns

Date: 10-Dec-2016 - 11-Dec-2016
Location: Sydney, Australia
Contact Person: Beth Hume
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 01-Aug-2016

Meeting Description:

A growing body of research in phonetics, phonology, and psycholinguistics suggests that human language sound patterns are influenced by the predictability of the higher level linguistic units they signify, e.g. words. The relevant context for computing predictability arguably takes into account all levels of linguistic representation in which the sound pattern is embedded. Relevant patterns have been observed at both the level of individual languages as well as cross-linguistically regarding, for example, preferred contexts and likely outcomes of a range of phonetic and phonological processes (see, e.g., Aylett & Turk 2004; Buz et al., in press; Cohen Priva 2012, 2105; Hall 2009; Hume & Bromberg 2005; Hume et al. 2013; Jurafsky 1996; Kleinschmidt & Jaeger 2015; Oh et al. 2015; Piantadosi et al. 2011; Seyfarth 2014; Shaw et al. 2014; van Son & Pols 2003; Wedel et al. 2013). In quantifying predictability, these studies appeal to concepts and/or formal tools from information theory. The symposium welcomes a wide range of formal approaches to quantifying predictability and to evaluating its impact on phonetic and phonological variation. Submissions that use experimental or corpus-based methods are particularly welcome.

Host Institution: Western Sydney University


Harald Baayen, University of Tübingen
Uriel Cohen Priva, Brown University
Shigeto Kawahara, Keio University
Florian Jaeger, University of Rochester
Kathleen Currie Hall, University of British Columbia
Andy Wedel, University of Arizona
Beth Hume, University of Canterbury
Jason Shaw, Western Sydney University

In addition to talks and posters, the symposium will feature two workshops introducing corpora and computational tools for evaluating predictability in relation to phonological and phonetic patterns.

- Phonological CorpusTools (Kathleen Currie Hall)
- Alveo Virtual Laboratory for Human Communication Science (Dominique Estival & Steve Cassidy)

Any questions about the symposium can be addressed to the organizers, Beth Hume (, Jason Shaw (, and Dominique Estival (

Call for Papers:

We invite two-page abstracts to be considered for posters or 20-minute talks. We are planning to edit a special issue of a journal based on the theme of symposium to which presenters of both papers and posters will be eligible to submit.

Abstract Submission Link:

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